Rod Morgenstein is a legendary drummer. On episode 018, Jamie chats with Rod about the formation of The Dixie Dregs in the mid-1970's and their classic fusion album "Free Fall." They also discuss Rod's time in Winger, his 20 years of teaching at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and his collaborations with Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater fame. Rod is one of Jamie's all-time favorite drummers, so this was a very special interview for Jamie. Rod is a monster behind the kit while being one of the nicest guys in the music business.
On Episode 017, Jamie talks with Mike Pride whose projects include From Bacteria To Boys, Drummer's Corpse, I Hate Work, and Locksmith Isidore. Truly one of the busiest drummers in New York, Mike talks about growing up in a musical family in southern Maine, his move to New York and being true to yourself and your vision as an artist. He also candidly discusses teaching the next generation of drummers and being part of the only avant-garde jazz group to ever play a stadium show. Mike is a class-act, a great drummer and is truly inspirational as an artist.
Liberty DeVitto's drumming has been featured on classic albums by Billy Joel that have sold in excess of 150 million copies. On episode 016, he recalls growing up in Long Island, seeing the Beatles for the first time, and joining Billy Joel's band in 1974. Lib is known as "The Songwriter's Drummer" and is a true historian of rock & roll. Lib and Jamie also discuss the great documentary Hired Gun that Lib is widely featured in. This is a highly educational episode for anyone that loves great music.
Bryan Hitt grew up in a town of 900 people in rural, east Texas. On episode 015 of The Drum Shuffle, Bryan recalls his start in his school band and moving to Alaska during high school. Bryan talks with Jamie about his move to L.A. in 1980, his career beginning to grow, and ultimately landing his gig with REO Speedwagon in 1989. Bryan's story is truly inspirational for musicians and anyone that is chasing their dreams. Don't miss this great conversation.